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64 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW
the customers of a malting concern to violate their contracts, an injunc-
tion was granted to restrain such action. American Malting Co. v. Keitel
(1914), 217 Fed. 672. And it has been held that an injunction will lie to
prevent a landlord from intimidating his tenant by violence into abandon-
ing his crop before harvest, and thus violating his contract. Bussell v.
Bishop (Ga. 1921), 110 S. E. 174.
The instant case is in line with the decided weight of authority in hold-
ing that an injunction will be issued to restrain a stranger from attempting
to induce the breach of a contract not illegal or contrary to public policy.
Intoxicating Liquors — Search and Seizure — Seizure without War-
rant Held Not Unlawful. — In response to a fire alarm, police officers
went with firemen to the home of accused, and after the fire was extin-
guished went with the accused and firemen into a shed adjoining the
house and connected therewith, and which had been the seat of the fire.
There they found a still, bottles and barrels containing liquor and mash,
which they seized, the search and seizure being without a warrant. The
accused petitioned the court that the articles be returned to him, on the
grounds that such search and seizure amounted to a violation of Amend-
ment IV of the Constitution of the United States, and of article I, sec-
tion 8, of the Constitution of Connecticut, providing against unreasonable
searches and seizures, and prescribing the use of duly procured warrants.
Held, the search and seizure was not unlawful. State v. Magnano (Conn.
1922), 117 Atl. 550.
It is quite generally held that the Fourth Amendment to the United
State Constitution is not binding on the State courts, and affords no
protection against the misconduct of police officers not acting under any
claim of federal authority. Weeks v. United States (1914), 232 U. S, 383,
34 Sup. Ct. 34, Ann. Cas. 1915C, 1177. But this clause appears also in
all State Constitutions in slightly varying language. State v. Peterson
(Wyo. 1920), 194 Pac. 342, 13 A. L. R. 1284. Whether search and seizure
without a warrant violates the clause of the State Constitutions seems
to depend more on the search than on the seizure. If the search be un-
necessary, if the contraband article be fully disclosed and open to the
eye and hand, or, to borrow the phrase of the Kentucky Court,
if the liquor "discover itself," then no warrant is necessary and it may
be lawfully seized. Bowling v. Commonwealth (Ky. 1922), 237 S. W. 381;
State v. Quinn (1918), 111 S. C. 174, 97 S. E. 62, 3 A. L. R. 1500.
In some states it is held that the police may search any place to which
they have lawful access. Smith v. Jerome (N. Y. 1905), 47 Misc. Rep. 22,
93 N. Y. S. 202. Consent of the owner of the premises makes search
lawful, and one who consents to have his property searched by an officer
without a warrant has no right of action for an illegal search. McClurg
v. Brenton (1904), 123 Iowa 368, 98 N. W. 881, 101 Am. St. Rep. 323, 65
L. R. A. 519. And the search is not unconstitutional when made by
invitation of accused's wife. Smith v. McDuffee (1914), 72 Ore. 276, 142
Pac. 558, 143 Pac. 929, Ann. Cas. 1916D, 947. Even the consent and aid
of a servant or agent, left in charge of the premises, keeps the search
from being a violation of the constitutional provision. State v. Griswold
(1896), 67 Conn. 290, 34 Atl. 1046, 33 L. R. A. 227.
But for an officer without a valid search warrant or consent to search
RECENT DECISIONS 65
the premises for an alleged offender, or to take possession of property
discovered in such unlawful search, violates the provision of the con-
stitution, and the guilt or innocence of the owner of the premises is im-
material. Youman v. Commonweatlh (1930), 189 Ky. 152, 324 S. W. 860,
13 A. L. R. 1303.
Ever since the expression "A man's house is his castle" crystallized
into the Fourth Amendment to the Federal Constitution, and later found
its way into all State constitutions, it has been considered one of the
most effective safeguards of American liberty. And, although a large
number of courts are apparently willing to warp, twist, and evade it at
any time to secure a conviction, there is still a respectable number of
courts holding that this tendency to obtain convictions by unlawful
seizures, destructive of rights secured to the people, should find no sanc-
tion. Weeks v. United States, supra; State v. Peterson, supra; Youman v.
For a general discussion of the different views taken by the courts
under the National Prohibition Act, see 8 Va. Law Rev. 399.
Master and Servant — Workmen's Compensation Act — Employee Com-
pensated for Total Disability, Though Injury Merely Aggravated
Prior Disease. — The plaintiff, an employee of the defendant company,
was suffering from a tuberculous and syphilitic condition, which had be-
come localized in the right shoulder. Said condition had become stable,
and did not disable or incapacitate the plaintiff for his work as a laborer.
On August 20, 1920, the plaintiff received a blow on the right shoulder
joint, arising in the course of and out of his employment, which imme-
diately aggravated and accelerated the tuberculous and syphilitic condi-
tion previously existing and produced a condition incapacitating the
plaintiff to work from the date of the injury, August 21, 1920, to May
31, 1931. Pub. Acts 1919, c. 142, sec. 1, amending Gen. St. 1918, sec.
5341, which is a part of the Workman's Compensation Law of Connecti-
cut provided that, in case of aggravation of a disease, compensation is
allowed only for the proportion of the disability reasonably attributed to
the injury. Held, compensation awarded for entire incapacity. Bongia-
latte v. H. Wales Lines Co. et al. (Conn. 1922), 117 Atl. 696.
Cases of this character have arisen in many of our States, and the
decisions of each State have depended very strongly upon the phraseology
of the Workmen's Compensation Act of that particular State.
An employee having latent tuberculosis, received a personal injury,
arising out of and in the due course of his employment, which aggra-
vated and accelerated his latent tuberculosis into active tuberculosis, from
which he died. His dependents were entitled to compensation under the
Workmen's Compensation Act. Republic Iron & Steel Co. v. Markiowicz
et al. (Ind. 1921), 129 N. E. 710; McGoey v. Turin Garage & Supply Co.
et al. (N. Y. 1921), 195 App. Div. 436, 186 N. Y. S. 697. And when the
employee has a pre-existing disease which is aggravated and accelerated
by an accidental injury in the course of employment, compensation may
be awarded under the Workmen's Compensation Act, but the accidental
injury must be the immediate or proximate cause of death. Jakub v. In-
dustrial Commission et al. (1919), 288 111. 87, 123 N. E. 263; Peoria Rail-
way Terminal Co. v. Industrial Board (1917), 279 111. 352, 116 N. E. 651.